Sharing Lean Experiences Brings Results, Says Pemco

The 2nd Pemco World Air Services Lean Summit attracted nearly 30 lean champions, coordinators, and implementers who attended the event to share their knowledge, experiences, triumphs, and failures.

“We believe there is value in collaborating with different companies,” shared Ben Macre, PEMCO director of continuous improvement. According to Pemco, the Lean summit is not a seminar or training session, but the beginning of an ongoing opportunity to learn and improve together. The goal of the attendee led three-day program was the creation of new ideas to apply towards their own Lean programs.

Attendees included representatives of several US-based airlines, Broward College, Infospectrum, LAUNCH Avionics, The Mosaic Company, PSCU, Regent Aerospace, Stellar Industrial Supply, and University of South Florida professors and students.

Lean, a term introduced by Toyota in the late 1980s, is a systematic method for the elimination of waste within a manufacturing system. Though originally applied to manufacturing concepts, “Lean applies in every business and every process. It is not a tactic or a cost reduction program, but a way of thinking and acting for an entire organization,” according to the Lean Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit education, publishing, research, and conference organization.
“I gained new ideas and tips on conducting successful kaizen events,” commented attendee and presenter Dr. Deborah Posner, associate vice president of the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness at Broward College, Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
According to Pemco, the company’s own move to Lean manufacturing processes has resulted in improved key metrics such as quality, efficiency, safety, and on-time performance.
Pemco will host a 3rd Annual LEAN summit in 2018.

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